Submissions fitting the call for special sessions are also welcome (Marine governance through partnerships, Biosecurity and on the effects of the Kaikōura Earthquake). These sessions will be formed from invited speakers and submissions submitted through the call for abstracts which align strongly with these sessions. We are excited to present examples of Mātauranga Maori, Science and Management mixed into each session. You will need to indicate which category your submission fits during the submission process. 

Kaikōura earthquake special session: The impacts from the Kaikōura earthquake on the marine geology, biological communities, and the role of kaitiakitanga has been extensive. The response to this event has so far involved extensive partnerships and collaborative efforts. We invite all who have played, and continue to play a role in the science, management and kaitiakitanga of the marine coastal and offshore environments to share your work and experiences. We are very privileged to start this session with a panel of local people involved in many aspects of the recovery programme.

Marine governance through partnerships special session: There has been a major shift in the way Marine Governance is approached in New Zealand over the last decade, with many variations on the theme applied to local issues. We invite speakers involved in marine governance partnerships to present their wins, developments and challenges.

Biosecurity special session: An ever-changing field, where tools and management are in a constant race and state of change. We invite speakers to present novel and classic tools for the science and management of non-indigenous species in this modern world of incursions and regional spread.


The New Zealand Marine Science Society (NZMSS) invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at their 57th annual conference to be held in Christchurch from 4-6 July, 2017. Only one presentation (either oral or poster) can be submitted per person. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting an abstract. All abstracts will be reviewed and confirmations of acceptance will be sent via email. Guidelines for all presentations include:

  • Abstracts should have a descriptive title for the presentation.
  • Abstracts should describe the background about the work being reported on, summarise the work that was done and provide some information on research results.
  • The maximum word count for abstracts is 200 words. Any text exceeding the word count will be automatically deleted from the abstract.

Oral presentations: Oral presentations will likely be 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation and 3 minutes questions). Please do not include any graphics in your abstract (figures, pictures, images, etc.).

Poster presentations: Please plan your poster to be no greater than the width of an A0 portrait.

Speed presentations: This format is preferred for individuals with little or no data (particularly students just starting) as well as those describing issues or research that is underway. Speed talks will be 5 minutes and use the format of 10 slides @ 30 sec/slide.

Acceptance emails will be received by April 28th from All confirmed presenters are required to register no later than May 12th to ensure their presentation is included in the conference schedule. Unless specifically advised by the organising committee all presenters are required to register and pay for the conference. Presenters are also responsible for their own accommodation and travel costs although accommodation options will be offered in association with registration.


  1. Prepare to create a login (email & password) for use in submitting presentations and registering. 
  2. Ensure you have all details prepared including presenter/author names, affiliations and a brief (200 words please), clear abstract. 
  3. Please ensure you have received a confirmation email once you have made your submission.  If you do not receive one (after checking your spam filter) please contact 
  4. All submitters will receive confirmation of their acceptance by new date of May 5th.

Presentation rooms will include a projector, laptop and screen setup. Please format your presentation in widescreen (16:9). A designated audio visual assistant will be on hand to assist with loading presentations (via USB drive). Completed presentations may also be requested ahead of the conference. Full details will be sent in your confirmation of acceptance email.